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New System ($650 budget)

Heya folks,

My friend wants me to build him a new system for "about $650." I asked him what he wanted, and here's what he said:
"A decent graphics card with 1 GB of memory, a 3.0 GHz quad core, 8 GB of RAM." He didn't have any other specifics in mind. He's by no means a power user at all. I think the most graphics intensive think he does is play World of Warcraft. Otherwise, he just surfs the net and uses typical Office-like programs. (No idea why he wants 8 GB of RAM.)

I've worked in computer shops before fixing old computers, but I've never spent much time with new computers, so I have no idea about the latest and greatest hardware. Here's what I was thinking, just based on browsing Newegg.com and Drectron.com. I'd appreciate any feedback.

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945WFGIBOX ($165)

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard ($80)

WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($75)

HIS H467QS1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ($75)

Crucial 2GB DDR3 1066 (PC3-8500) System Memory, 240-pin DIMM, Unbuffered x4 ($156)

Black Broadway Com Corp 9257-Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, w/ 600W Power Supply and 250mm Fan ($53).

That all leaves me at $604, which means I have a little room to bump up the quality of one thing or another if it seems important.

Thanks a bunch for any suggestions!
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  1. Sorry... A few things I see that I'm supposed to add. Resolution will probably be 1024 x 768, overclocking not necessary, peripherals not needed (monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc.), Windows 7 64 bit OS, and will be purchasing parts sometime next week.
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    The Intel Core i5 would outperform that Phenom II 945, even though it's only 2.66ghz. Clock speed isn't everything. Also, tell your friend he won't need 8GB of RAM.

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz - $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2
    +
    COOLER MASTER Elite 341
    Combo Price: $129.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.279462

    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333mhz CL7
    +
    HIS H467QS1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB
    Combo Price: $148.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.280051

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB - $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W - $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA - $31.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

    Grand Total:* $625.92 (before $35 Mail in Rebates)
  3. jmjwalker said:
    "A decent graphics card with 1 GB of memory, a 3.0 GHz quad core, 8 GB of RAM." He's by no means a power user at all.


    You need to educate your friend a little bit lol.

    I would go for something like this, trust me it would be better than what he suggested. It comes to $660...

    AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103696

    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227478

    GIGABYTE GV-R577D5-1GD-B Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125301

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=f3%20500gb

    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550%20vx

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-066-_-Product

    Edit: Build must have posted right when I hit reply.
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